Eastbourne United AFC made it five wins on the bounce in all competitions and inflicted a first home league defeat of the season on Broadbridge Heath with a 3-0 win over in SCFL Division Two.
United deserved their win, but the game could have been all over in the first fifteen minutes as Heath, with a strong wind at their backs made all the early running and missed a number of good chances. The game changed on 15 minutes following good work on the right from Simon Catt and Jamie Bunn who’s cross was turned in at the far post by Pete Cooper.
United then took full control and looked more likely to score again although Stuart Chester did crash a 25 yard effort against the United bar for the recently promoted side.
It could have gone wrong with Simmonds sustaining an injury that forced the experienced campaigner out of the game on 40 minutes but Aaron Filsell slotted comfortably alongside the outstanding Pete Featherstone . Bunn dropped in at full back and a debut handed to new signing Jack Divall on the right of midfield.
Divall immediately made an impact on the match and with almost his first touch, he set up Cooper but the striker headed straight at the ‘keeper from close range.
With the wind now at their backs, United never looked in any trouble during the second half and Cooper scored his second of the match and 8th league goal of the season on the hour as he despatched a penalty following a foul on Divall in the area.
Mark Goodwin replaced Nick Barden and Drew Greenall replaced Liam Baitup as United pressed for further goals. There was a stark reminder that it wasn’t over with five minutes to go when a shot from Michael Wood was turned around the post by the diving Adam Sargent but Greenall made it safe in added time, heading home a left wing cross from Divall.
United are now fifth in the league on 20 points from their opening 10 Sussex County League division two games.